Michael Boling – Thoughts from the Theocratic Kingdom (Vol. 2): Proposition 151

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In Proposition 151, George Peters states:

“This Kingdom is identified with “the new heavens and new earth” of Is. 65:17 and 66:22, of 2 Pet. 3:13, and of Rev. 21:1.”

In this Proposition, Peters is attempting to demonstration a triangulation of passages, bringing into picture how Is. 65:17, 66:22; 2 Peter, 3:13, and Rev. 21:1 all paint the same picture regarding the new heavens and new earth as it relates to the coming Kingdom. For those not familiar with the passages in question, they are provided below:

Is. 65:17 – “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind.”

Is. 66:22 – “For as the new heavens and the new earth that I make shall remain before me, says the Lord, so shall your offspring and your name remain.”

2 Peter 3:13 – “But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”

Revelation 21:1 – “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.”

The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 151 is the following:

“It is not necessary to repeat the arguments which show the connection of Isaiah and Peter. This has been done in the immediate preceding (e.g. 148 and 149) Propositions, to which, in justice to us, the reader will please refer. The views of the Jews, the correspondence of language with their belief, the reference direct to Isaiah by Peter, etc., must, in order to make the line of argument complete, be duly considered. To one party of our opponents, let it be said, that conceding as they do a Pre-Millennial Advent of Jesus and His reign during that age, they must explain how this is to be reconciled with Peter’s delineation of the scoffers and their language, which cannot be thus applied to accord with their theory, or with their expressed views of the approach of “the Day of God.” But the connection of Isaiah and Peter will appear more fully and distinctively by noticing how John corroborates it.”

Perhaps some might accuse Peters of simply doing a key word search for “new heavens and new earth”, listing the verses that come up, and then saying he rests his case. Peters is doing nothing of the sort. As we have seen throughout this study, both thus far of Volume 1 and Volume 2, Peters is making a methodical and purposeful positive case for the doctrine of the Kingdom. Having already established the clear connections between the OT Prophet Isaiah and the NT author the Apostle Peter, Peters now brings in another text from the book of Revelation. As noted in the comments on the Proposition, this is a triangulation of passages if you will. The purpose is to demonstrate a consistent theme being presented. All three biblical authors are referencing the new heavens and new earth in a future context, that of the coming Kingdom. Some scholars have attempted to suggest that Isaiah and Peter refer to one time period while John refers to another time period. Peters rejects such a notion and rightly so given the expectation of all three biblical authors is pointing to the Theocratic-Davidic Kingdom.

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